Sunday, March 4, 2012
English Standard Version (ESV)
I Am the True Vine
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
To ABIDE in Christ is to live in Christ, to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell inside you so that you may bear fruit. To live in Christ, not in the flesh.
When going though the pruning process it is so easy to walk in the flesh. Emotions rush in and the sin-nature rises. Abide... allow the Holy Spirit to be your comfort, your peace, your steadfast mind. Set your mind on Christ and Abide. Trust the pruning, because with out it there is no fruit. Abide.
Lord, help me to Abide. Help me to submit my flesh to you, so that you may continue to abide in me. May my life produce fruit, because apart from you, I can do nothing. Lord Abide in me.